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image SM Adam volume 21/25

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SM Adam volume 21/25


[17] Preliminary design for the sixth scheme, c1777, unexecuted


Plan, and elevations of the principal and garden fronts of a building, with a T-shaped central block, with a two-storey, three-bay canted principal front, and a three-storey, seven-bay garden front, with the central three bays forming a circular tower with a conical roof, and the end bays are formed of slightly projecting square towers, and the central block is flanked on the principal front by single-storey, six-bay links with flat roofs, and single-storey, three-bay canted wings, although the principal front of one of these wings is shown as flat on the plan


not to scale


some rough calculations given in pen and pencil

Signed and dated

  • c1777
    datable to c1777

Medium and dimensions

Pen and pencil on laid paper (274 x 170)


Robert Adam


King, 2001, Volume II, p. 164
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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